By Logan Aerts
Commercial Aviation Airline Pilot
Being a pilot is a very difficult job. An airline pilot is someone who operates and flies commercial airplanes to many different locations. Airline pilots can fly many people at once depending on the size of the aircraft. The pilot on an airplane needs to make sure that the passengers travel safely and comfortably.
There are multiple courses you are recommended to take when considering becoming a pilot. While in high school, you should take classes involving engineering, science, or classes that involve human services. The goal that you want to aim for in high school is to attend a 4 year college and receive a bachelor’s degree (a degree in aviation or science is recommended). There are many steps that student pilots have to take in order to become a 1st class pilot. You need: a bachelor’s degree, a private pilots license, at least 1,500 hours of flight experience, cross-country training experience, and solo training experience. You also need to pass all of the FAA’s medical requirements and you need to be able to read, write, and understand the English language.
Becoming a captain at a major airline will earn you a very good amount of money. The average captain at a regional airline earns about $55,000 per year, while the average captain at a major airline earns about $135,000 per year.